Abuse & Neglect-Adult & Child

Resources for Patients and Caregivers

Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child’s basic needs and the most common form of child abuse2. A child might be left hungry or dirty, or without proper clothing, shelter, supervision or health care. This can put children and young people in danger.


Cluster Number:
Wiki Number: W002
Diagnosis: Abuse and Neglect:Adult and Child: See “Child Abuse” – absence of parental care & failure to meet basic needs
US Patients: 1-2% of US children
World Patients:
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Symptoms: Parental poverty and drug abuse are usually factors. Child-trafficking may also apply
Causes:2/3 of Parental physical abuse began as correcting chlld’s unwanted behaviors. In-school abuse is typically illegal in Northern US.
Therapies: Cognitive therapy for the parent(s) or removal of the child.

Resources for Physicians, Counselors and Researchers


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  • Correlation of Childhood Psychological Abuse and Neglect With Mental Health in Chinese College Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    by Zhaohong Zhu on January 24, 2022

    Experience of childhood maltreatment is a major factor affecting adult mental health. The purpose of this study was to understand the association of childhood psychological abuse and neglect with mental health in college students during the COVID-19 pandemic. An online questionnaire survey was conducted from February 21 to March 12, 2020. The participants were 200 students at a university of physical education in Shaanxi Province, China. Participants completed the Child Psychological Abuse and...

  • The Predictors of Awareness of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence in the Media and the Influence on Actions of the Individuals
    by Engie Frentzen on January 24, 2022

    Introduction: The number of reportings on sexual abuse (SA), sexual violence (SV) cases covered in the media has risen a significant amount with most cases involving women and children. The aim of the study is to explore the questions: Are people aware of sexual abuse and sexual violence in the media? What are the predictors of awareness of sexual abuse and sexual violence? Does the awareness of sexual abuse and sexual violence in the media affect the actions of the individuals? Methods: A...

  • Child abuse and psychopathy: Interplay, gender differences and biological correlates
    by Ester di Giacomo on January 24, 2022

    Child abuse is an important source of mental and physical adverse consequences for victims, their family, and their community. The impact of violence during childhood on the development of the victim is a very sensitive theme. Other than internalizing symptoms, it is interesting to analyze the possibility that a victim may assume the role of persecutor. With this aim, we evaluate Literature and examine the interplay among different types of child abuse (emotional neglect, emotional abuse,...

  • Elevated trauma exposure and mental health burden among men who have sex with men in Vietnam
    by Kathy Trang on January 24, 2022

    The purpose of this study was to characterize trauma exposure and mental health burden among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Hanoi, Vietnam. Participants comprise 100 HIV-positive and 98 high-risk, HIV-negative MSM, ranging from 18 to 29 years of age. Data were collected using the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire, Traumatic Events Inventory, Patient Health Questionnaire-9, Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7, and PTSD Symptom Scale. A subset of participants (n = 12) were also interviewed to evaluate...